I sit in a small Tucson, Arizona apartment after watching something amazing… Rope, gags, and several pair of high heeled shoes are scattered about the small living room area, as I sit looking at a lithe young redhead named Stacie Snow. Over the last three hours, she was bound and gagged repeatedly by the tall, bald, brute of a man who’s now standing in front of her. Rope marks are seen on her lovely skin…
They’re talking about when she’s going to be coming in for the next shoot so it can happen all over again.
Welcome to the world of TucsonTied.com. Wild and wacky, crazed and crazy… I’ve ventured here to the Arizona desert today to interview the man behind the bondage site, http://www.tucsontied.com/ and see what makes him tick…they call him “Tolstoy” Tony.
IWPM (Interview With a Photographer Magazine): Thanks for taking the time out of your busy shoot schedule to talk with me…um…”Tolstoy”?
TT (“Tolstoy” Tony): Completely my pleasure, interviewer-person. That was QUITE a shoot, huh? When the members of my site and blog get a look at Stacie, their minds are gonna be BLOWN, let me tell ya!! And, yah…they do indeed call me “Tolstoy” (laughs).
IWPM: Why IS that, exactly? My readers are going to be a bit confused…
TT : Well…it’s a nickname earned by being one of the “wordiest” people you’ll EVER meet! I LOVE being on Forum boards, message boards, and the like…and the more “into” a subject I get, the longer the answers I type out are. This extends to e-mails as well…heck, just the other day, one of my model friends, Kimberly Marvel, remarked that even my VOICEMAIL MESSAGE is one of the longest she’s ever heard!! I got the nickname from a fellow producer and good friend of mine, the “Badman” of NaughtyTies (http://naughtyties.com/), and it just…well, stuck. It’s definitely the truest of all the nicknames I’ve ever gotten.
IWPM: Interesting. Well, let’s talk about the website a bit…
TT : One of my fave subjects in the world…fire away!!
IWPM: Ok. About how long have you been at the bondage game?
TT : Well, I’ve been at it for about 3 years now, and enjoying every minute of it. No better way to pass time than tying and gagging a beautiful, willing, young lass like Stacie…
IWPM: Looked like fun, actually. She really seemed to be having fun while you were tying her…
TT : I do what I can to make the shoots as fun and enjoyable as I can for the models. Witty banter goes nicely along with the tightly tied ropes…it’s the least I can do to make their “captive time” with me fun. And, honestly, the models are some of the nicest, sweetest people I’ve ever met in life, so it just comes naturally.
IWPM: Stacie seemed like a total gem. How did you get started at this?
TT : Well, I went to a convention in 2006…
IWPM: FetishCon, correct? (http://fetishcon.com/)
TT : You got it. That was FUN, working with the most famous bondage models out there on the net…I miss going to FetCon. Two years running now, I’m not gonna be able to attend…it sucks. But, anyway…going to ‘con allowed me to meet some outstanding ladies, establish some wonderful contacts, and meet a whole bunch of wonderful people. That first con, I did 12 shoots in three days…
IWPM: How did you manage to do all of that?
TT : To this day, I still don’t really know. It must’ve been the excitement of being at the con and meeting all these people…if I tried to do 12 shoots in 3 days now, it’d positively kill me!! One thing it did do, was put the love of bondage firmer into my blood that it had ever been…I’m a “lifer” now because of FetishCon.
IWPM: How did you devolop your rigging style?
TT : I didn’t “devolop” it, really…I’m a master of the concept of “monkey see, monkey do”.
TT : I watched a LOT of bondage movies and videos before I started tying my own models…mostly ones that promised “on-screen tying”. After viewing them for the…ahem…”usual purpose”, I’d go back and watch the guy doing the tying very closely…then, I’d take what I saw and add my own “spin” to it, mainly, mainly ropework that’s very meticulous and evenly placed. That was the way I got started at least…now, I know my own way around the ropes, and craft my ties myself…with the occasional helping hand from friends.
IWPM: Dave Annis, specifically, right?
TT : You got it. We met thru a mutual model about a year ago…now, we assist each other with all our shoots. I’ve learned a LOT from him about making everything about bondage photography, from the ties to the lighting straight to the imagery itself work.
IWPM: And now, here you are…three years later. Three years wiser?
TT : Dunno about that. After all, I’m about to wrap up an interview I just did…interviewing myself.
IWPM: Hey, that’s right…I AM you. No wonder I liked you so much. Wanna go grab a beer?
TT : Sounds like a plan, man….